The tenth METEF has been opened today during a ceremony chaired by Veronafiere President Ettore Riello, who highlighted the importance of promoting the sectors on display during the exhibition, "sectors – maintained Mr Riello – that are marked out by an outstanding potential and great perspectives." "Such an exhibition like this – continued Ettore Riello – has to be organized within a national system promoting the manufacturing sector as a driving force for the Italian economy as a whole."

Before inviting some protagonists of the expo onto the stage, Alfin-Edimet Metef President Mario Bertoli, stressed the importance of having created an event "capable of overcoming the all-Italian parochialism and taking advantage from the strategic move from Brescia to the Verona-based exhibition centre."

On the stage for the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ettore Riello and Mario Bertoli were joined by Marco Bonometti (Presidente, Associazione Industriali Bresciani), Franco Zanardi (Vice-Presidente, Assofond), Francesco Savelli (President, ASSOMET), Roberto Tonizzo (General Manager, UBI Banco di Brescia) and the institutional representatives: Silvia Nicolis, Councillor of the Verona Chamber of Commerce Council, Antonia Pavesi, Deputy Councillor of the Municipality of Verona, and Stefano Valdegamberi, Councillor of the Region Veneto.

The prizegiving ceremony of the second Premio Innovazione METEF 2014 took place just after the ribbon cutting. The winners are Gianni Rizzuto, Alfechem, in the Product category; Luca Baraldi (Baraldi), Diego Mancini (Sapp and EnginSoft), and Mario Bertoli (Metra) with Gianpaolo Marconi (2 Effe Engineering) in the Machinery and Systems category; Andrea Piva, Decoral, in the Materials category; Vittorio Ori (Five for Foundry), Ennio Gritti (FMB and Animisteria Franciacorta), Ambrogio Pogliani (Altea), Emanuela Speziani (Diesse), Stefano Galoforo (Leonardo), Andrea Panvini (University of Brescia) and Renzo Moschini (Maprof) in the Technologies and Processes category. A Special Mention for a Business Model went to Stefano Ceccato (Alluminio Sammarinese).

The visitors who attended the opening ceremony had the chance to visit the Piazza Italia area, set up by the Nicolis Museum based in Villafranca, that is taking part at the Verona expo with some of the most representative two- or four-wheel pieces of its collections with the aim to show that the Italian talent and excellence boast a long history and are rooted in the great industrial and business tradition of our country witnessed by a 1906 Ansaldo PF-IVA, a 1953 Vespa Piaggio, a 1947 Bianchi racing bicycle and a tandem by the same Italian maker.

The first day of METEF 2014 offers a rich programme of events: "A new standard for aluminium alloy castings: the results of the StaCast projects", coordinated by Professor Franco Bonollo, teacher at the University of Padua, Department of Technique and Management of Industrial Systems (14h00, Piazza Italia) and "The sustainability of aluminium packaging" presented by CIAL-EAA-Packaging Division (14h00, Mascagni Hall). There also is the presentation of the initiative Save the Weight, dedicated to promote vehicle lightweight excellent cases (12h00, Hall 2). The closing event is the press conference of FACE, Federation of Aluminium Consumers in Europe (17h15, Piazza Italia), which has chosen METEF as the ideal stage to submit to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi its request aiming at awakening the Italian government to the issue of commodity liberalization.

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